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Do Something: Earth Day Edition

In honor of Earth Day, some tips on how to be an advocate for the planet this week—and all year 'round

On April 22, 1970 some 20 million people took to the streets to celebrate, rally, protest and unify around the big rock we’re all living on together. Now, almost 50 years later we come together to do the same and though the issues may have changed and the stakes are higher—April 22 is our special day reserved for Mama Earth.

But it’s not just a one day thing. Check out our top picks for an Earth Day every day roundup.

Sip Spritzers, Snag Succulents

What a combo! Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying environmentally-infused drinks like the Liberty Martini or the Lavender Spritz and receive a free succulent while supplies last. James Philadelphia will be mixing drinks and using their green thumb by plant life around the outdoor seating and offering pitchers of beer to reduce waste from cans and bottles. Soak up the sun and give toast to Mother Nature. Monday, April 22, 5 pm-12 am, Pay-As-You-Drink, James Philadelphia, 1835 Arch St.

Consider Philly's Green Future

With the primary election just around the corner, it’s high time to get to know the candidates on the ballot and learn more about their platform. Join curious citizens, environmental organizations like Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and candidates at PECO’s headquarters for a press conference discussing how Philly will move to a green energy economy, reinvest in community-centered renewable energy like solar, green jobs, and more. Monday, Aprin 22, 9 am-12 pm, Free, PECO Headquarters, 2301 Market St. 

Be A Better Steward of the Environment

The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas and a really great place to celebrate Earth Day. Visit the museum all day and learn how to be the best Earth rep you can be. Let the kiddos enjoy story time with Marty the Moose, see animals affected  by climate change, take a tour of the Butterflies! exhibit and learn about how we’re destroying their lives, and visit the Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids exhibit for good measure. Monday, April 22, 10 am-4:30 pm, Pay-What-You-Wish, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Question Candidates on Climate Change

Not able to get to the Monday night public forum? You’re in luck! Get active and know your City Council candidates stance on sustainability, climate change and other environmental issues that impact Philadelphians every day. Co-sponsored by PennFuture and Clean Air Council, the event will be moderated by WHYY/StateImpact Pennsylvania and hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences. Wednesday, April 24, 6 pm-8:30 pm, Free, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Be A Climate Dad

Join Climate Dads for a “post-bedtime, BYOB meeting” to discuss 2019 national campaign to bring issues around climate change to light. The Dads note: “The number of Americans “alarmed” by climate change has reached an all-time high.” The goal for these papas is based around the future of children and ask participants to share stories that include hopes and fears about the climate crisis along with actions to make a difference. Learn more about the event here. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm-10 pm, Free, PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St.

Star Gaze

Take a minute to check out life off of planet Earth by joining Logan Neighborhood Library for a night of star gazing at Stenton, one of the earliest historic houses in Philly. Take a peep at the night sky using a high powered telescope and dream about what life might be like on a planet far, far away. Refreshments will be served! Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm, Free, Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St. 

Go Bonkers at BioBlitz

Join in the BioBlitz fun at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum this Saturday morning.  Starting bright and early learn about iNaturalist and get ready to document everything along a hike. The next event starts later for those sleeping in. Both are part of the City Nature Challenge where cities around the world compete to see who can record the most species, make the most observations, and engage the most citizens. Saturday, April 27, 8 am or 10:30 am, Free, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.

Finish Earth Week with Naturepalooza

And to round out an eventful week all about Earth, join The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for Naturepalooza. Staring at 10 am, the Center will have it all: natural walks, pond explorations, arts and crafts, fort-building (fort-building!), science challenges and a whole lot more. Bring the fam, bring the friends and enjoy rain or shine. Saturday, April 27, 10 am-2 pm, Free, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8489 Hagys Mill Rd.

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